Road Ringers invade Nationwide: The Bucyrus 200 Preview and Open Race Thread

Canadian driver Andrew Ranger sits aboard the No. 53 WM Recycling Dodge, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at Road America on June 24 in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.Credit: Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Originally I was going to put a different title up there. This is my home state track.  While I've never been to Road America, I have been to the many short tracks and dirt tracks that make up a strong Wisconsin race scene.  It surprises me that more Wisconsin drivers haven't made it up the ladder.  Alan Kulwicki and Matt Kenseth are the only two Wisconsin Sprint Cup Champions. 

Johnny Sauter, who comes from a family of Wisconsin racers, has the chance to win a Camping World Championship.  Paul Menard is finally starting to show he's not just here because of Menards' money.  Travis Kvapil is a former Truck Champion and if it wasn't for a bad start to this year he would be a front runner for a second one.  Erik Darnell, Travis Kittleson, Todd Kluever, Scott Wimmer, and Nathan Haseleu were all Wisconsin born drivers who haven't been able to catch on in the Cup Series.  Dick Trickle and Dave Marcus were two more in the long line of Wisconsin Born drivers. 

All this talk about Wisconsin has got me excited for one of the premier tracks in not only Wisco but in the entire country.  Road America is a road course with an expansive history.  SCCA, SPEED WORLD, and the American Le Mans series make their homes here once a year. 

The 14 turn track at Elkhart Lake last year held it's first NASCAR event since 1954 and it was an amazing race.  While Edwards won the race, it was the chance to see little know guys like Owen Kelly, J.R. Fitzpatrick and Patrick Long run very well.  Ron Fellows almost took home the event last year and he's back for a second chance.

Carl Edwards, the only Cup driver entered this week, was entered in the race but has pulled out.  Perhaps he was stretched too thin.  Even Brad Keselowski is skipping this event.

Entry List and notes after the jump!

Ent Car # Driver Sponsors Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace Cowboys and Aliens 11 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr   11 Ford Roush Fenway
4 7 Ron Fellows AER 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
5 09 Kenny Wallace   11 Toyota RAB Racing
6 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
7 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb DriverBoutique.com 11 Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb
8 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds 11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
9 15 Timmy Hill New Orleans Voodoo 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
10 16 Trevor Bayne   11 Ford Roush Fenway
11 18 Michael McDowell(i) Pizza Ranch 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
12 19 Mike Bliss   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
13 22 Jacques Villeneuve Discount Tire 11 Dodge Penske Racing
14 23 Alex Kennedy St. Baldrick's 11 Dodge R3 Motorsports
15 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com 11 Dodge Jay Robinson Racing
16 30 Ricky Carmichael(i) Monster Energy 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
17 31 Justin Allgaier   11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
18 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
19 33 Max Papis(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Kevin Harvick Inc.
20 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips 11 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 39 Josh Wise Cajun Industries 11 Ford Go Green Racing
22 40 Charles Lewandoski   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
23 41 Doug Harrington New Orleans Voodoo 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
24 42 Tim Andrews (s)   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
25 44 Jeff Green (s)   11 Chevy TriStar Motorsports
26 46 Chase Miller (s)   11 Chevy Key Motorsports
27 51 Jeremy Clements racedaysponsor.com 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
28 52 Tim Schendel   11 Chevy Jimmy Means
29 53 Andrew Ranger WM Recycling 11 Dodge Robert Torriere
30 55 Brett Rowe (s) Imperial Bedding 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
31 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Roush Fenway
32 62 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
33 64 Jason Bowles Fuel Doctor 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
34 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace Racing
35 67 J R Fitzpatrick   11 Ford Go Canada Racing
36 70 Dennis Setzer   11 Chevy ML Motorsports
37 75 Carl Long (s) Lilly Trucking of VA 11 Ford Rick Ware Racing
38 81 Blake Koch DAYSTAR.com 11 Dodge MacDonald
39 87 Kevin Conway AM/FM Energy-Wood & Pellet Stoves 11 Toyota NEMCO
40 88 Aric Almirola TaxSlayer.com 11 Chevy JR Motorsports
41 89 Morgan Shepherd   11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
      Not Locked In    
      Past Champion    
      (i) Not Runnning for Championship    
      (s) Known Start and Park    

Only 41 cars entered this week so everyone will make the race.

  • #7- Ron Fellows is back this year after finishing second last year.  Fellows is the epitome of a Road Course Ringer.
  • #18- Michael McDowell returns to Joe Gibbs Racing this week.  I'm really looking forward to a good run from the former Michael Waltrip Racing developmental driver.
  • #20- Is not entered again this week.  Another surprise since I would think that Gibbs could have found a ringer who could bring in a sponsor.
  • #22- Jacques Villeneuve will make his debut for Penske Racing this week.  Villeneuve has come ever so close to winning at Road Course in his short NASCAR career.  He's going to be a front runner this weekend.
  • #30- Ricky Carmichael is making his 2011 Nationwide Debut at a strange place.  Carmichael isn't really a road course driver, but he did spend time turning right as the GOAT in super-bikes.
  • #33- Max Papis almost won in Montreal last year and he's back with Kevin Harvick Inc this week to try to snap his win-less streak in NASCAR.
  • #39- Josh Wise moves over to Go Green Racing with Ron Fellows in the JR Motorsports team.
  • #41- Doug Harrington will drive the fully funded Rick Ware Racing Ford this week.  Harrington is a SCCA and Grand Am racer who is making his NASCAR debut this week.
  • #53- Canadian, and 4ever3's countryman, Andrew Ranger returns again this year to run the road races.  Ranger is bringing his Canadian Tire sponsorship with him this weekend.
  • #64- Jason Bowles will pilot the third Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota.  Bowles is an up and comer in this series and really should be a full timer this year.
  • #67- Go Canada Racing returns this week with J.R. Fitzpatrick as driver.  This will be GCR's best chance to score there first top 5 in Nationwide.
  • #87- Kevin Conway, not Paulie Harraka or Patrick Long, is entered this week in Joe Nemechek's team.  Conway is just bringing his sponsorship to a team that needs it.  If I sound a bit jaded that some Road Ringers are not in the race, I am. Conway has yet to prove to anyone that he belongs at this level.  Maybe he will surprise me this weekend, but I have my doubts.

Join us here at NASCAR Ranting and Raving Saturday before the race for the open race thread and while you're here, tune your TV to ESPN at 5 pm Eastern for the Bucyrus 200 from Elkhart Lake, WI.  It's Road America!  Enjoy!

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